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Hegeler Zinc Superfund Site

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Contact Information

Community Involvement Coordinator
Teresa Jones(jones.teresa@epa.gov)
312-886-0725 or 800-621-8431, ext. 60725

Remedial Project Manager
Colleen Moynihan moynihan.colleen@epa.gov
312-353-8196 or 800-621-8431, ext. 38196


(where to view written records)

Danville Public Library
Archives/Reference Department
319 N. Vermilion St.
Danville, IL

Westville Public Library
Reference Department
233 S. Street St.
Westville, IL


This 100-acre site was a zinc smelting facility from 1906 until approximately 1954. It is located west of the village of Hegeler, which is south of Danville, Illinois. It is in a rural area, bordered by farmland on the west and the north.

Hegeler Zinc produced various grades of zinc slab and rolled zinc products as well as sulfuric acid. The smelting operation resulted in large amounts of slag (through a burning process), which was stored in piles on the site. The slag material contains unburned residues and metals such as lead, arsenic and zinc.

In May 2003, EPA secured the site with a fence to protect trespassers from contamination at the request of the Illinois EPA.

In 2004, Illinois EPA nominated the site to the National Priorities List (NPL).

In April 2005, the Hegeler Zinc site officially became an NPL site, listed in the Federal Register.

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Site Updates

August 2015

In early September, EPA is set to begin the cleanup of properties in the Hegeler neighborhood as part of the investigation associated with the Hegeler Zinc Superfund site. The Agency refers to this phase of the cleanup as Operable Unit 3, or OU3. EPA often divides complex cleanup projects into smaller, more manageable sections called operable units. This work will remove lead- and arsenic-contaminated soil from around 39 residential properties and should last about 10 weeks. The cleanup is at no cost to homeowners. Residents do not need to leave their homes during the cleanup.

March 2015

EPA to sample selected yards in the Hegeler neighborhood to define the limits of soil excavation for the cleanup scheduled for fall 2015.

EPA and their contractors will be in the Hegeler neighborhood starting March 9, 2015 to collect soil samples for a three-week period. Approximately 30 homeowners granted EPA access to sample their yards for lead and arsenic concentrations to help define the limits of soil excavation. Residents will be notified a week before the start of sampling.

October 2014

On Sept. 26, 2014, EPA approved the cleanup plan for the Hegeler Zinc Superfund site residential area. The approved plan is outlined in a document called a "record of decision," or ROD. The ROD calls for removing soil from properties with high levels of lead and arsenic, replacing the contaminated soil with clean soil and restoring the ground as near as possible to its original condition. EPA considered several alternatives before selecting this course of action. The estimated cost of EPA’s cleanup is $4.3 million. The cleanup plan will comply with state and federal regulations, can be implemented and is cost-effective. The cleanup plan is posted under the Technical Documents section of this website and can also be found at the Danville Public Library.

July 2014

EPA is proposing a cleanup plan to remove contaminated soil from the residential area near the Hegeler Zinc Superfund site. EPA encourages you to attend the open house and public meeting, Thursday, July 24, to find out more information about the cleanup options. The Agency is accepting comments from the public July 9 thru August 8. EPA invites you to comment on the proposed cleanup plan online.

January 2013

During the week of January 7th, 2013 EPA will install 3 mid-depth groundwater monitoring wells adjacent to the Hegeler Zinc Superfund Site. The following week, all thirteen existing mid-depth groundwater monitoring wells offsite and onsite will be sampled for metals and water level measurements collected.  The groundwater sampling will help EPA better understand the direction of the groundwater flow and the nature and extent of metals contamination.

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